In 1907, two of greatest names of the day, Vardon and Colt, got together to design the classic parkland layout that was to become known as Copt Heath Golf Club. The partnership of the two Harry’s was a great piece of work bringing immense pleasure to thousands of golfers.
Colt’s main contribution was the superb bunkering – there are 101 in total – and they still cause concern to the golfer of today. Three generations of Hawtree (F.G. F.W. and M.G.) also made alterations to the course in the post war years.
Although only a medium length course, Copt Heath is a serious test. So much so that course is regularly used for Open Championship Qualifying.
There is a big premium on accuracy with sand, water and trees all combining to provide a great collection of hazards. Probably the toughest hole on the course (and one of our favourites) is the 6th – an accurate drive through an avenue of trees is needed to a left to right sloping fairway, then on to the pot bunkered protected green. It’s a great hole. We also love the par three 13th with its green protected by sand and water.
Several acclaimed amateur events have been staged at Copt Heath. The English Seniors and the Champion Club Competition are two, but the event that gains annual national interest is the Peter McEvoy Trophy. This takes place over 72 holes and is open to the very best juniors. Previous winners include Brian Davis, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood.